The overall objective of civilian stabilisation activities is to support and sustain political processes of conflict resolution. They prepare the ground for, protect, and promote legitimate political authority through reducing violence, and re-establishing basic security, improving basic services, promoting reconciliation, and laying the foundations for longer-term recovery. Civilian stabilisation complements humanitarian and development efforts as an equally important strand of action in international crisis management.
Current civilian stabilisation measures in the continuing conflict in Syria aim at supporting local governance structures and functioning basic services and infrastructure, and prepare the ground for a political solution and subsequent reconstruction. In the post-conflict scenario, civilian stabilisation will support the implementation of a political solution by producing peace-dividends for all sides of the conflict, prioritising efforts that bring former opponents into joint action and promote reconciliation. In both cases, civilian stabilisation measures inside Syria will endeavour to increase the resilience of local communities, including IDPs and those hosting them.
This non-paper suggests key principles to guide civilian stabilisation in Syria.